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Painting the Town, One Landmark At A Time

Written by Val Castronovo on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

The Society of Illustrators celebrates the 50th anniversary of NYC’s Landmarks Law with a summer show Tucked away on an exclusive block in the East 60s, off Lexington Avenue and across the street from J. Pocker, a bespoke frame shop and neighborhood institution, is the Society of Illustrators, founded more than 100 years ago and [&hellip
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The Backstory of a New York Story

Written by Val Castronovo on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

The New-York Historical Society celebrates Madeline’s 75th birthday In a show replete with surprising historical detail, one fact rises to the top. The much-loved tale of a Parisian schoolgirl, in yellow hat and bright blue coat, was written and published in New York. Specifically, the opener was scribbled on the back of a menu in [&hellip
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Strokes of Genius at the American Folk Art Museum

Written by Val Castronovo on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

A selection of works from the collection is now on view Lincoln Square Walk through the modest gallery space housing this exhibit, Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum (through August 17, 2014), and you’ll be surprised at the richness and variety of the works on display—and the sheer number, some 100 in [&hellip
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A Manhattan home for Sweden’s National Treasure

Written by Val Castronovo on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown

The National Academy Museum hosts a major retrospective of the artist’s work He may not be a household name today, but Anders Zorn (1860-1920), the Swedish painter, was a rock star with an international reputation during his lifetime. He rivaled John Singer Sargent on these shores for prestigious portrait commissions and limned three Presidents—Grover Cleveland, [&hellip
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Celebrating The Nazis’ Degenerates

Written by Val Castronovo on . Posted in News Our Town

The Neue Galerie returns to art derided by Hitler It’s July 18, 1937, and Adolf Hitler and the National Socialists are propagandizing about art. The grandiose House of German Art has officially opened in Munich, with an inaugural exhibit of state-sanctioned works labeled “Great German Art Exhibition.” The following day an opposing show opened next [&hellip
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High Society

Written by Val Castronovo on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

Painting New York’s “fashionable world” all those years ago It’s the Gilded Age, that period spanning the end of the Civil War and the beginning of World War I. America is flying high on a rapid industrial expansion and the vast fortunes it spawned. The one percent have decided to have their portraits done, with [&hellip
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